The Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety (DOS) issues prevailing wage schedules to cities, towns, counties, districts, authorities, and agencies of the Commonwealth for construction projects and several other types of public work. These prevailing wage schedules contain hourly wage rates that workers must receive when working on a public project.
The DOS regularly issues Prevailing Wage Opinion Letters and recently released PW-2010-09-07.20.10. This letter confirms “the job classification under the Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Law for workers who repair and replace components of source capture vehicle exhaust systems in public works projects at various fire stations.” The following categories of tasks were at issue:
- The workers repair and replace “nozzles” and “pneumatic grabbers” which provide an airtight connection between the system and the vehicle exhaust pipe.
- The workers repair and replace “airlines” which are housed inside the “system exhaust hose.” The “airlines” are connected to the grabber and facilities the air-tight fit, as well as facilitate the extraction of the exhaust fumes from the building via the system.
- The workers repair and replace “upper exhaust hoses” and “lower exhaust hoses” on the system, which house the inner airlines, and connect the pneumatic grabber to the system duct work.
- The workers repair and replace “uncoupling valves” and “quick release fittings” on the system, which facilitates the disconnection of the system from the vehicle, when the vehicle exits the fire station.
- The workers repair and replace the “regulator”, which regulates the air flow.
- The workers repair and replace the “balancer”, which keeps the hose elevated above the floor.
- The workers repair and replace “shut off valves”, “pressure switch”, “compressors”, “pressure sensors”, “chrome elbows”, “five horse power motors”, safety disconnect mechanisms, “back draft dampers”, “drain cocks”, and various other components.
- The workers repair and replace sheet metal duct work and/or fittings.
The DOS concluded that “the repair and replacement of components of source capture vehicle exhaust systems work, as described herein, is paid at the rate for ‘Sheet metal worker’ as indicated on the rate sheet”.
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